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Early Israelite Wisdom (Stuart Weeks) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2000) 9780198270072
Early Israelite Wisdom (Stuart Weeks) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2000) 9780198270072
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Title: Early Israelite Wisdom

Author: Weeks, Stuart

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2000

Paperback; ISBN: 9780198270072

Volumes: 1; Pages: 224

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This is a new and ground-breaking study of the nature and origins of the earliest material in the book of Proverbs, drawing on evidence from Israel and neighboring countries in the ancient Near East. This literature has been widely believed to have originated as pedagogical material, designed for the education of future administrators in the royal bureaucracy from the time of Solomon. That belief has played an important part not only in the interpretation of the texts, but in reconstructions of Israelite society and history. In this book, Weeks challenges this belief, arguing that it is largely founded on assumptions which are now widely discredited, and he sets out to re-evaluate the evidence in the light of more recent research. Weeks's illuminating conclusions will have important implications for the future study of this material, and for our understanding of ancient Israel's society and history.Table of ContentsAbbreviations Introduction 1 Using the Non-Israelite Sources 2 Context in the Sayings Collections 3 Proverbs and the Court 4 Was Early Wisdom Secular? 5 The Wise in the Old Testament 6 Joseph 7 Wisdom and the Reign of Solomon 8 Schools in Israel Conclusions Appendix: The Non-Israelite Sources Bibliography of Works Cited Index of Passages Cited Index of Authors General IndexREVIEW"Every once in a while a book comes along that challenges the "assured results" of a particular field of inquiry. So impressive are the challenges of the book that one's perspective on the field of inquiry is significantly altered. Certainly, Stuart Weeks has presented such a challenge to the assured results of Israelite wisdom studies."--Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
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